The Old Girls' Network: Insider Advice for Women Building by Sharon Whiteley, Connie Duckworth, Kathy Elliott

By Sharon Whiteley, Connie Duckworth, Kathy Elliott

Why is it that ninety five percentage of all investor financing for brand new companies is going to males? ladies definitely do not lack practicable enterprise rules or the management talents to lead them to jump, but-as the authors, 4 hugely profitable marketers and traders, explain-female creativity and heartfelt dedication on my own do not motivate seed-money selection makers. to cajole those mostly-male panels, a lady must current her notion in ways in which are confirmed to "speak to" males. unfortunately, there's as but an absence of mentors for would-be lady marketers, no "old girls'" community in position to coach them those skills.Stopping this hole with wit and hard-won knowledge, The previous women' community divulges the secrets and techniques to start-up and investment good fortune and connects ladies to the assets they're going to want alongside the best way. Written with you-can-do-it angle, The outdated women' community comprises inspirational and instructive women-in-business tales, self-assessment quizzes, and suggested techniques for each level of the entrepreneurial technique. A veritable start-up Bible, The outdated women' community comes entire with a "tool equipment" of pattern varieties, records, letters, and templates for priceless agreements, making sure that the subsequent new release of lady marketers could be admitted to the proverbial locker room of commercial good fortune.

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Corporate downsizing is legion today and no one has the guaranteed lifetime employment that could be expected twenty years ago. Change happens. You face risk with any major life transition, and most people will face all the risks we mentioned for entrepreneurs at some time in their lives. But here's what you stand to gain when you become an entrepreneur: You'll have a real sense of independence. Although there may be partners and investors weighing in from the sidelines, you will be running the show.

It was like saying that if you're a lawyer, you have to wear a black suit. But you can be a great lawyer—and show a little cleavage, too. It seemed obvious to me that the first thing people notice on a person is their glasses. " Designer eyewear is so much a part of today's fashion vernacular that you might think it always existed. Not so. Selima led the charge by taking a mundane business that she knew very well and reinterpreting it through the lens of her own creativity and intuition about consumer needs—even before consumers had realized those needs.

When we came to the end of our spiraling growth stage, we bought and subsequently merged with a large, established paper tableware manufacturer with whom we had developed an earlier successful licensing relationship. " Like all explorers, Sharon was willing to take action without guarantees. Those with a pioneering spirit don't often think in terms of exit strategies because they believe in themselves and in their business idea, more than in the risk factors involved. 48 THE OLD GIRLS' NETWORK Cynthia Fisher, former CEO and founder of Viacord and ViaCell, is a trailblazer of the highest order.

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